Look out, Flava Flav: iPad as fashion statement

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"Flava Flav just got outdone!" TUAW reader Paul Stamatiou told us, and I think he's right. It's one thing to wear a clock around your neck as a fashion statement, but walking around a mall wearing an iPad that's playing a music video? How do you top that? You just can't.

This guy (who turns out to be one of the members of Atlanta rap production duo UGLY) is clearly a fashion pioneer. Think about it: the iPad as a 21st century sandwich board. Forget nametags or "witty" t-shirt designs -- just strap an iPad to your chest and send out whatever message crosses your mind, whether it's advertising your business or, as in this case, your love of music.

It's brilliant, yet somehow terrifying at the same time. If you're going to go with this look, though, make sure you find a strap that can handle 1.5 pounds of weight... it'd be a shame for that $499 fashion accessory to wind up shattered at your feet.

If you want to emulate this fashion-forward look, but you're worried about straining your neck, I guess you can always start small with an iPod touch or iPhone before you start bulking up those neck muscles.

Thanks for sending this in, Paul.

Look out, Flava Flav: iPad as fashion statement originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Sun, 18 Apr 2010 01:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPad taken apart then re-assembled in under four minutes, Harryhausen-style (video)

iPad taken apart then re-assembled in under four minutes, Harryhausen-style (video)
We hope you're not sick of seeing the iPad's inner bits, what with the iFixit disassembly, gratuitous Blendtec promo, and even the FCC having some fun. Now TechRestore is getting in on it -- a bit tardily -- by giving the iPad the same stop-motion tear-down treatment that it lovingly applied for a Modbook last year. Not only does the company rip this magical tablet down to its constituent parts but it puts it all back together again and, while there is neither a kraken released nor Medusa slain, the video does feature some rather fanciful sound effects for you to enjoy, and it's all after the break.

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Crosswords App Contest – Winners

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Lots of great participation in this one.  Thanks to all of you who took part – and huge thanks to Ben and the folks at Stand Alone for sponsoring this contest with us!

Here are our four lucky winners:

  • hank
  • PaulN
  • Rxmxsh
  • SuziK

Winners – please keep an eye on your Inboxes and spam folders – as we’ll be sending out your promo codes very soon.

Watch out for more contests here soon.


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Featured iPad Wallpapers: Ian Collins’ Site

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If you like striking photography as wallpaper material for your iPad, you’ll want to give Ian Collins’ new site a look. It currently has over 60 images sized up just right for the iPad – oh, and a site that works very nicely on the iPad as well.

Hit the jump for a couple more screenshots and a link …

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Sprint’s snazzy, speedy 4G iPad case

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You bought your iPad, now you need a case. And since you decided to purchase a Wi-Fi iPad instead of waiting for the 3G model, you're trying to figure out how the heck to connect to the Internet on those occasions when you're away from Wi-Fi.

Sprint is coming to your rescue. Their new 4G case for iPad is really just a nice case with a special pocket for one of their Overdrive 4G (US$349, less with rebates and 2-year activation) routers, which gives you a really fast connection to the Internet in those locations where Sprint has rolled out their 4G WiMAX service (see the Sprint site for details).

How fast is really fast? 3 - 6 Mbps, which is considerably faster than the 600 Kbps - 1 Mbps you'll get with 3G service. You have to purchase the Overdrive separately at a Sprint or Best Buy store, and of course the iPad doesn't come with the case, but if you have a need for speed and a new, naked iPad, this is a pretty nice solution.

If you're not currently in a 4G service area, the Overdrive 4G router also works well with Sprint's 3G data service. You'll also gain a lot of new friends when you share your 4G connection with up to four other people.

[via Electronista]

Sprint's snazzy, speedy 4G iPad case originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Sat, 17 Apr 2010 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Articles for iPad: Wikipedia Where It Was Meant To Be

Some applications make more sense on the iPad, some don’t. When I first reviewed Articles from Sophiestication in its iPhone version, I said it was the best Wikipedia app for iPhone out there. I still think it is, as no other application has managed to get even near to the sheer amount of quality Sophia has put into that tiny Wikipedia client. But one could argue whether the iPhone is any good for reading, and that’s a complete different story. Once you try an iPad, you realize how much it is better for reading and consuming content than the iPhone, which is meant for accessing that content on the go.

As you try an iPad you realize how much a previously iPhone-only application makes more sense on it, and Articles is no exception.

If you’re into the whole Wikipedia thing and you have an iPad, then I guess you’ve rediscovered how great is to read Wikipedia when you have some free time. You start reading an article, then you click on a link and jump to another one and so on. Soon you realize you’ve spent three hours reading everything about the Pink Floyd and you go back to tweet something about the iPad. It happened.

Articles for iPad uses the larger screen real estate to display more content and make everything more readable and easy to the eyes, and it also makes a clever use of popovers and such to help you navigate through menus and bookmarks. The interface is, as Sophia’s tradition, stunning, with a wooden background and a good looking fabric texture for the actual entries. It’s nice to hold Articles in your hands. And unlike someone said some weeks ago, it doesn’t look like a “feminine” app at all.


The app itself is pretty straightforward: you can read Wikipedia articles, open multiple Safari-like pages at once for every link you stumble upon, add an entry to your bookmarks and create folders. Pretty much like the iPhone version, it’s easy to organize articles and it’s easy to retrieve them later. You can open the images embedded in articles and this iPad iteration also makes a better use of the Wikipedia right sidebar with all the info about a specific entry.

Articles for iPad has some flaws though, and Sophia noticed it and decided go drop the price to .99 to justify the bugs and glitches. She’s working on it, but if you purchase it you’ll see that pages don’t scroll smoothly as on the iPhone and that sometimes it seems to hang when you increase or decrease the font size. Not a big deal, anyway.

Articles for iPad is good. It has to be improved, but for just 99 cents in the App Store I think it’s a huge deal to buy it now. Go download.

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Report: iPad grabbed 0.03 percent of all web traffic in its first week on earth

Yesterday, when Apple announced it was pushing back the international launch of the iPad until the end of May, high demand was cited -- over 500,000 units delivered, it said. And today, we've got a report out from NetApplications that indicates the iPad might be quickly making inroads with users. Over the first week of the device's public availability, the report says, the iPad nabbed about 0.03 percent of all web traffic. For comparison, the iPhone averages about 0.51 percent of traffic. This number nearly matches web traffic for BlackBerrys in March -- 0.04 percent (Android grabbed up 0.07 percent, as did Windows Mobile). Of course, NetApplications tracks only a sampling of website traffic to gather its data, so we'll keep our eyes peeled for longer term trends.

Report: iPad grabbed 0.03 percent of all web traffic in its first week on earth originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 17 Apr 2010 10:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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More Cat + iPad Fun

 

Jeez – at this rate Apple’s going to get more pre-orders from cats round the world than people.  This cat seems to be getting the hang of things even more than Iggy (who we posted about a few days back) – attacking the iFish Pond HD app.

I’m starting to feel a little ashamed at my dog’s total lack of iPad skillz. :)

Thanks to reader Greg K for sending this in.  Maybe your cat could give my dog some lessons?


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RIM’s Mike Lazaridis makes the case for QWERTY keyboards on phones, says market for tablets not ‘clear yet’

Both of RIM's co-CEOs have reputations for being pretty opinionated dudes, and we feel like Mike Lazaridis in particular would go to the ends of the Earth to support BlackBerry's business model -- but at the cost of one of his own products? Speaking at a tech conference in Toronto today, Lazaridis apparently said that the long-term viability of the tablet market (iPad included) is in doubt, especially as smartphones get more powerful; that would probably serve to quash the rumors from a few days back that the company is working on its own large-display device for release later this year. More interestingly, though, were his comments that full touchscreen phones like the iPhone "aren't that popular" -- that's news to us -- and that many that end up buying them ultimately go back to a physical keyboard handset. You know, like a Bold or a Curve, for instance.

Whether Lazaridis is conveniently forgetting the existence of his own Storm and Storm2, suggesting that touchscreen devices don't have a long-term future at RIM, or just saying that they'll remain a niche play for the company going forward is unclear -- but any way you slice it, we'd say it's a pretty significant dis for the Storm series and its owners. Looking at the bigger picture, it might also be a sign that these guys are still very much on the fast track to becoming the next Windows Mobile -- dinosaurs paralyzed by their own past successes -- but who knows? Maybe there'll always be limitless demand for an endless array of barely iterative hardware paired to a decade-old user interface.

Update: We've received the full transcript of Mike's session from the conference relating specifically to the touchscreen phone and tablet comments, and the reality is quite a bit different from the summary we'd been working from before. As tablets go, he says that "you can't say what's the market for tablets in exclusion of... other devices" -- a fair argument, considering that the iPad's ultimate target demographic still isn't totally fleshed out -- and actually never disrespects touchscreen phones outright, instead saying that the "QWERTY push messaging experience" is still "really, really important" while acknowledging that the company "[continues] to evolve with the research and [investment] in the Storm technology to make sure we get those right." Follow the break for the transcript.

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Congressional record states the iPad is “wonderful”

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In giving testimony at a Congressional hearing as to whether he will lead the U.S. Cyber Command, Lieutenant General Keith B. Alexander, current Director of the NSA, mentioned that he owned an iPad. Is that relevant to his his future role of defending America from cyber terrorists? Nope. But how cool is it that the freakin' Director of the NSA loves his iPad so much he brings it up at a Congressional hearing, unprompted? Pretty damn cool.

As a matter of fact, when the Lieutenant General brought up that he had an iPad, national security took a slight sideline when a congressman returned to the subject of the iPad moments later. According to the actual Congressional Record:
Congressman: I'm tempted to get a critical review of the iPad, but perhaps we can do that--

Director of the NSA: [It's] Wonderful.

Congressman: "Wonderful." I will put that on -- for the record.
So there you go folks: not only is the iPad "magical" and "revolutionary," it's also now officially a "wonderful" device, too.

Congressional record states the iPad is "wonderful" originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Developers Line Up to Build iPad Apps

Just 13 days after it launched to the public, the iPad is the subject of the latest Silicon Valley developers' unconference event. At 5 PM this evening iPadDevCamp kicked off at the PayPal/eBay offices in San Jose. The photo above of developers waiting in line to enter was posted to Twitter by Portland, Oregon based iPhone (and now iPad) push notification service Urban Airship.

Build some cool apps in there, folks!

iPad Sprocket Pocket signals bicyclist’s intentions

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I love cycling and I love the iPad, but you'll never see me using both in unison. Ever. Not so for the cycling enthusiasts at Maya. They've created the "Sprocket Pocket" -- a industrial nylon patch with integrated zipper and protective screen overlay for the iPad that can be ironed or sewn on to any garment in minutes.

The idea is that you put your $500 to $830 iPad into this patch pocket that you iron onto your clothes, and then ride around with it on your back going at speeds of up to twenty miles per hour. The pocket is to be used in conjunction with the MAYA Sprocket app, which uses the iPad's accelerometer to automatically display images on screen for drivers to see. If you stop or begin to slow down, a big stop sign is displayed. If you turn left or right, a left or right arrow appears.

The device is good in theory, but seems excessive when simple universal cycling hand signals will work just as well. And I don't really want the jerk who's already tailing me to speed up to see what that big glowing panel is on my back. Speaking of which, you get hot enough as it is cycling in the summer. Do you really want a 10-inch aluminum device with a massive heat-generating battery strapped to your spine? In this case, impracticality outweighs any actual function.

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Apple hiring camera expert for iPad, may include USB Audio support with connection kit

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I still haven't picked up an iPad yet, though I'm pretty convinced I will soon -- even if I don't need one myself, there's obviously a lot of great apps out there to try. But already there's rumbling that the camera train is due for a stop at iPad station. Apple is hiring a new member of the iPad team, and they're asking for a strong ability to "test still, video and audio capture and playback frameworks." We've already seen that there's room in the device for a camera, so it's a pretty good guess that whenever the next version of the iPad rolls around (hopefully later rather than sooner for you early adopters), there will be a camera included.

And in other iPad news, there are also rumors going around that the iPad's camera connection kit might support USB Audio as well. That's a bit of a surprise -- you wouldn't expect a kit for connecting a camera to also have USB Audio drivers included, but it is basically just a USB connector for the iPad's docking port, so maybe some crafty engineer at Apple has included support for another standard just for the heck of it. I'm sure plenty of audio pros will be grateful if it's true.

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Apple hiring camera expert for iPad, may include USB Audio support with connection kit originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 16 Apr 2010 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TechRestore’s stop-motion iPad tear-down video

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Right on launch day, iFixit totally disassembled an iPad, offering eager eyes a wealth of information on what's under the hood.

Now TechRestore has created a stop-motion video of the entire tear-down and reassembly process in just over three minutes by stitching together 1675 frames. It's fascinating to watch the iPad take itself apart, not to mention that the sound effects really make the whole thing work. Gumby would be proud.

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TechRestore's stop-motion iPad tear-down video originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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